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Brushing Up on a New Dental Hygiene Clinic

Penn College dental hygiene students are applying their extensive hands-on skills in a newly renovated clinic. The 5,300-square-foot facility, dedicated in late September and featured in a video on college’s YouTube channel, features advanced technology and continues the college’s tradition of offering low-cost dental care to the community.”The clinic has made an amazing transformation. It’s modern, state-of-the-art,” said Alexandra D. Petrizzi, a dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration major from Langhorne. “I walked in and a big smile came on my face!”

Last updated October 20, 2016 | Posted in Dental Hygiene, General Information, Health Sciences, Students | Leave a comment

Students Use Products From Local Farms in Cooking Contest

A dish made by Penn College students Cy C. Heller, of Milton, and R. Colby Janowitz, of Westminster, Md., took first place in a cooking competition for the college’s culinary arts students at the Williamsport Growers Market. Made on-site using ingredients purchased from local growers, the dish includes ginger-marinated Delmonico steak, potato hash and spaghetti squash.

Five student teams from Pennsylvania College of Technology battled it out Oct. 8 at the Williamsport Growers Market, using the best ingredients – fresh and locally produced – to determine the best student chefs of the morning.

The two-man team of Cy C. Heller and R. Colby Janowitz were the top finishers in a tough competition. It was not the students’ first exposure to culinary competition. All are juniors and seniors in the culinary arts and systems bachelor-degree major, and several completed a capstone course, Culinary Competition and Skills Assessment, in the spring semester. All were out to produce a tasty, creative and visually appealing dish.

As teams set up in the morning, they received a bag with three required ingredients: Delmonico steak, shoulder bacon (also called cottage bacon) and ginger. In addition, they were required to use at least one of the following: honey, hemp seed oil, maple syrup or cheese. All of the ingredients were purchased from growers at the market.

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Quilt Raffle Raises More Than $1,800 for Schuman Scholarship

A handmade quilt ...

... "created with love" in memory of Chester D. Schuman, a 34-year employee of the college ...

... is delivered to winner Angela L. Frontz (right) by Sarah S. Moore, one of Schuman's two daughters.

A recent quilt raffle raised $1,810 for the Chester D. Schuman Memorial Scholarship, which honors the former director of admissions and award-winning coach of the Wildcat golf team. Angela L. Frontz, a mathematics instructional specialist in the Academic Success Center, won the 71- by 83-inch quilt, which was handcrafted in Penn College colors by Schuman’s wife, Pam; his sister, Kaye; and friend Kathy Eshelman. The family is grateful to all the college employees, friends, family and alumni who purchased tickets to benefit the scholarship fund.
Photos by Sarah S. Moore, deaf services specialist, and Dawn M. Dickey, assistant director, Disability Services

West Chester Company Donates Gas Chromatograph to Penn College

Michael J. Reed, dean of the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications at Penn College, accepts a donated PeakSimple 2000 gas chromatograph from Kate Bowes Harris, of Hilltop Enterprises, based in West Chester.

Students enrolled in natural sciences courses at Pennsylvania College of Technology will benefit from a recent donation of a PeakSimple 2000 gas chromatograph by Al Silkroski, president and chief executive officer of Hilltop Enterprises, based in West Chester.

“The gas chromatograph is an essential piece of equipment that separates, identifies and quantifies a wide variety of organic chemicals in a mixture,” said Justin M. Ingram, assistant professor of biology. “This GC gives our organic chemistry students hands-on experience with a sophisticated instrument found in many different types of industries, and allows students to monitor their chemical reactions and check the purity of their products.”

The equipment will also be used in science courses required for the college’s new associate degree in brewing and fermentation science, which officially launches in Fall 2017.

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Prospective Employers to Meet With Students, Alumni

Hoping to interest Penn College students and alumni in a variety of job possibilities, four employers will visit campus in the coming week. Radius Systems will hold an information session at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, in Room 112 of the Carl Building Technologies Center, and representatives of John Deere will meet twice that day with interested applicants in College Avenue Labs – at 11 a.m. in Room 104 and at 3:30 p.m. in Room 107. Albright Care Services will hold a Nursing Recruitment Day from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center atrium, and Ring Container recruiters will be on hand at at 3:30 that afternoon in CAL, Room 107. (Two of the employers will hold interviews in Room 202 of the Bush Campus Center: John Deere (on Wednesday, Oct. 26) and Ring Container (on Friday, Oct. 28). For details, including available positions and applicable majors, consult the Career Services flier: Employers on Campus

Short-Term Roustabout Training Scheduled at Penn College

Openings remain for a 15-day Ready-to-Work Field Service Worker and Roustabout Training program offered through Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The short-term, full-time training – which runs from Nov. 14 to Dec. 6 – prepares participants to work in the following industry sectors: energy, construction, warehousing/logistics and manufacturing. Students experience classroom and hands-on learning by instructors with real-world work experience.

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Students Attend Leadership Conference for Women in Construction

Two construction management majors at Pennsylvania College of Technology attended the recent Women in Construction Leadership Seminar at Kiewit Corp.’s headquarters in Omaha, Neb.

Lauren S. Herr, of Lititz, and Juliann M. Reazor, of Schuylkill Haven, applied to participate in the all-expenses-paid trip designed to develop the leadership skills of collegiate women. They were among 36 women from throughout the United States selected to attend the Sept. 29-30 event, sponsored by one of the largest and most respected construction, mining and engineering organizations operating in North America and Australia.

“Both Lauren and Juliann were prime candidates for an opportunity like this,” said Wayne R. Sheppard, assistant professor and construction management department head. “They are examples of how gender doesn’t matter; it is all about your passion, intelligence and work ethic.”

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Youth of Firetree Place Well-Served by Donation of Sports Gear

Volleyballs, tennis balls, pingpong balls and badminton equipment are among equipment donated to Firetree Place.

Exercise science students Connor J. Nettles, of Pottsville, and Daniel S. Fertig, of Turbotville, carry a pingpong table to Quinti’s pickup truck.

A cart carries a sample of the pieces as they wait to be loaded.

Nia M. Romanowicz, of Altoona, adds donated pieces that she later helped deliver to Firetree Place.

Students in Penn College’s exercise science major joined Judy Quinti, assistant professor of exercise science, in loading a delivery of sports equipment for Firetree Place, a community center just a few blocks from Penn College. The college offered equipment it no longer uses in Fitness & Lifetime Sports classes. In keeping with their career goals to promote wellness, the students delivered a pingpong table, paddles and balls; several badminton racquets with shuttlecocks; volleyballs; tennis balls; and goggles. The mission of Firetree Place is to engage youth through enrichment activities and to provide resources that will strengthen the community at large.

‘PA Live!’ Broadcast Again Features College Guests

WBRE's Josh Hodell talks with student Katlyn J. Hackling (center) and Chef Mary G. Trometter.

Chef Mary G. Trometter, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, accompanied student Katlyn J. Hackling, of Williamsport, on WBRE’s “PA Live!” broadcast on Wednesday. During the show, Hackling demonstrated pumpkin crepes with a fall squash filling and a pumpkin crepe dessert with sweet honey, cream cheese and fruit filling. Hackling is a senior in the culinary arts and systems major.

Noncredit EMT Course Scheduled for Three Area Locations

A noncredit Emergency Medical Technician course, beginning the week of Jan. 9, will be offered at three locations by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The course meets National Emergency Medical Services Educational Standards and Instructional Guidelines and is intended to prepare students for National Registry cognitive and psychomotor examinations at the EMT level.

The course comprises 50 hours of lecture and 100 hours of practical learning. Students will select one of three sites: Penn College’s main campus in Williamsport, Penn College at Wellsboro or Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg.

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Trio of Penn College Faculty Present at IT Conference

IT faculty present at conference

Three Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty members shared their expertise at a major information technology gathering.

Lisa R. Bock and Anita R. Wood, assistant professors of computer information technology, and Denise S. Leete, associate professor of web and interactive media, presented at the COMMON 2016 Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans.

COMMON is the world’s largest association of IBM and IBM-compatible information technology users. The organization consists of professionals involved with the application of IBM Power Systems and related platforms.

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Alumni Augment Time-Tested Credibility of College’s Career Fair

Construction management student Tamara D. Altom, of Williamsport, visits the Gilbane Building Co. table. Representing the Baltimore-based company are Ryan P. Becker (left) and Kyle J. Williams, both alumni of the college's School of Construction & Design Technologies.

More than 235 employers, whose representatives included hundreds of Penn College graduates, attended Tuesday’s Career Fair in Bardo Gym and the Field House.

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Fiber Artists are ‘Connected by Stitch’ at Penn College Exhibit

Sharon Wall's "War Horse," – cotton fabric, quilt binding, polyester thread, fabric paint, fabric dyes and metallic foil, 40x59 inches

The first Pennsylvania regional juried show by the international Studio Art Quilt Associates will take place Oct. 22 through Dec. 8 at The Gallery at Penn College.

Titled “Connected by Stitch,” the exhibit includes fiber-based artwork by 35 artists who are all current Pennsylvania members of SAQA and those that have chosen Pennsylvania as their second region. They were invited to submit work for this exhibition.

An opening reception is set for 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, featuring a 3 p.m. gallery talk. The reception and exhibit are open to the public and free of charge. The gallery is on the third floor of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Madigan Library.

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Study Abroad? It’s a World of Good!

Helping students gain a global outlook – from short-term, weeklong experiences to semester-length programs around the world – is the aim of the International Programs Office's Study Abroad programs.

Experienced guides for the "Non-European Mathematics in the Mayan World" trip to Guatemala, are Curt E. Vander Vere (left), assistant professor of mathematics. D. Robert Cooley, assistant professor of anthropology/environmental science.

Travel to Europe and the United Kingdom to explore "Sustainable Building and Design" is explained by faculty member Naim N. Jabbour. Talking with the assistant professor of architectural technology are Andrew J. Davies (left), of Lititz, and Adam T. Knoebel, of Montoursville, both majoring in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration.

Part-time dental hygiene instructor Rhonda J. Seebold is on hand to talk with eligible students about boosting oral hygiene for schoolchildren and families in the Dominican Republic.

Opportunities for Penn College students to travel, meet people and share new experiences – all while earning college credits and enhancing their resumes – were outlined during the International Programs Office’s Study Abroad Expo.
Photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

Dining Services Brings Touch of Bavaria to Billtown

A beautifully adorned table bids "Willkommen" to CC Commons.

Among those raising "A Toast" – and his country's tricolor flag – is Devyn T. Tucker, a web and interactive media student from Heidelberg, Germany.

Donning lederhosen, a dirndl and other apt attire are (from left) Dining Services' Christopher R. Grove, manager; Kathleen A. Pfirman, catering attendant; and Jonathan T. Hall, assistant manager.

Zachary R. Althouse, of Womelsdorf, enrolled in electronics and computer engineering technology: robotics and automation emphasis, dons a prop pair of sudsy specs.

Sharing in the festivities are (clockwise from left) Mandy M. Myers, an applied human services student from Duke Center; and Andrew P. Brown, of Shermans Dale; and John M. Myers, of Duke Center, both majoring in information technology sciences-gaming and simulation.

Dining Services recently hosted an Oktoberfest in the Bush Campus Center, a cultural celebration that included food a-plenty (cheddar ale soup, bratwurst, pretzels, spätzle, sauerkraut and German chocolate cake were among the hearty offerings) and a nonalcoholic Biergarten on the patio.
Photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

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